Category: Jamesburg

Jamesburg Woman Charged with Death of Her Baby

June 10, 2022

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Jamesburg Police Chief James Craparotta announced today that a 19-year-old Jamesburg woman has been charged with killing her newborn.

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at approximately 10:15 PM Jamesburg Police Department was called out on a welfare check for 19-year-old Jamesburg resident, Jessica Farag. Farag and her daughter were transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital where the infant was pronounced dead.

An initial investigation by Sergeant Jason Muller of the Jamesburg Police Department and Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Farag gave birth to the infant earlier that day.

Farag has been charged with one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, one count of second-degree desecration of human remains and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Farag is currently being housed at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Sergeant Jason Muller of the Jamesburg Police Department at (732) 521-0011 or Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4335.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Jessica Farag are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Jamesburg man found Guilty by Jury of Double Murder and Aggravated Arson

June 6, 2022

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced that a Jamesburg man was found guilty by a Jury on June 1, 2022, after a two-week trial for the killing of two men in the borough of Jamesburg for a crime that occurred on November 4, 2019.

Jaree Kitchen, 24, was convicted of the murder of his father, Clifford Kitchen Jr., 53 and Gregory Fisher, 53, both from Jamesburg. Kitchen was also found guilty of aggravated arson, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of desecrating human remains and tampering with evidence related to the murders.

During a 2-week trial that began on May 16, 2022, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Amber Gibbs and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin Lavery presented evidence and testimony showing that Kitchen had recently returned to Jamesburg from Georgia to live with his father, Clifford Kitchen Jr., but soon after his arrival the father and son began having significant issues. This erupted into a physical altercation that resulted in Jaree Kitchen fatally stabbing both his father and another resident of the home, Gregory Fisher to death on November 4, 2019. On November 6, 2019, in an effort to destroy and cover up the murders that occurred within the home, Jaree Kitchen set the residence of 7 Sheridan Street on fire.

The investigation was led by Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Deon McCall and Sergeant Kevin Wilson, Detective Sergeant Jason Muller and Detective Jim Dennis of the Jamesburg Police Department.

Sentencing is currently scheduled in New Brunswick, on October 28, 2022, before Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Buck.


Jaree Kitchen, 24, was convicted of the murder of his father, Clifford Kitchen Jr., 53 and Gregory Fisher, 53, both from Jamesburg. Kitchen was also found guilty of aggravated arson, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of desecrating human remains and tampering with evidence related to the murders.


Police and Firefighters Mourn Passing of Lenny Hibbitts, Past Police Lieutenant in South Brunswick and Past Chief of Jamesburg Fire Department

February 18, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Police and firefighters in Middlesex County are morning the sudden loss of Lenny Hibbitts who served both South Brunswick Police Department and Jamesburg Fire Department.

Hibbits worked for South Brunswick Police Department for 36 years, and retired with the rank of lieutenant. He also rejoined the Police Department in 2017 as a Class III School Resource Officer. He also was part of a team of South Brunswick officers who responded to New York City immediately after the 9/11 attack.

Past Chief Lenny Hibbitts also served the Jamesburg Fire Department for 27 years entered the fire service in 1995, joined the department in 2000 and became Fire Chief in 2007. He was still a member of the Jamesburg Fire Department when he passed away.


South Brunswick Police Department:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we mourn the sudden passing of our friend Officer Lenny Hibbitts. The 36-year law enforcement veteran rose through the ranks of the South Brunswick Police Department to become a lieutenant before he retired. He later rejoined the department in 2017 as a Class III school resource officer. In 2001 he had been part of a team of South Brunswick officers sent into New York City to help immediately after the 9/11 attack. In his over three-decade career, he worked in many aspects of the police department including patrol, emergency response team (ERT), evening shift supervisor, traffic bureau supervisor, and school resource officer (SRO). He was known as a quiet leader whose mere presence could calm a scene. His dedication to public service in policing was matched by his commitment to the fire service where he was a firefighter and fire chief in Jamesburg.

Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “Lenny loved being a police officer and serving our community. He was a gentle giant, quiet and resourceful. He knew everybody and everything going on.” The chief added, “If something was happening, Lenny was the person you looked to for information.”

South Brunswick Police ask everyone to keep Officer Hibbitts family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.


Jamesburg Fire Department:

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Ex-Chief Lenny Hibbitts. Lenny joined the fire service in 1995 and went on to serve for 27 years as an active firefighter. He joined our department in 2000 and became Chief in 2007. Lenny remained a member of our company until the day he passed. Along with Lenny’s fire service career, he was also police officer. He worked up through the ranks to Lieutenant of the South Brunswick Police Department where he retired after 35 years. While on the police force, he helped out in New York City after the 9/11 attacks. He later rejoined the department as a Class lll School Resource Officer in 2017. Lenny was a man who lived his life to serve. He will be sincerely missed. Until we meet again Lenny, we will take it from here Chief.



Tropical Storm Henri Floods Area With Up To 8 Inches Of Rain, Rescues, Evacuations, Road Closures

August 22, 2021

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Henri flooded the area overnight with up to eight inches of rain in the Central New Jersey area. Many people traveling on flooded roadways were trapped in the vehicles and needed to be rescued.

Hightstown Fire Company reported responding to at least 10 incidents with the majority being water rescues. Hightstown firefighters rescued eight civilians who were trapped in their vehicles or relocated to the roof of their vehicles due to flood waters.

The National Weather Service reported that 4 to 8 inches of rain fell from the storm and that Middlesex and Mercer Counties were particular hard hit.






Flooding in the area of Cranbury-South River Road and CR614 Dey Road, several cars were submerged and local fire departments made rescues earlier in the morning. A house and business was flooded near the location.



Flooding in Jamesburg, NJ at the Lake Manalapan dam at West Railroad Avenue.












Flooding in Cranbury, NJ from Heri on August 22, 2021





Jamesburg Man Sentenced In South Brunswick Fatal Hit & Run

January 6, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond J. Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced that a Jamesburg man has been sentenced for his involvement in a crash resulting in the death of Cory Holsten, 25, of the Dayton section of South Brunswick.

Peter Prete, 59, of Jamesburg, was sentenced by the Honorable Andrea Carter, J.S.C. to an aggregate eleven years in prison on one count of second-degree knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death and one count of third-degree hindering his own apprehension. Upon his release from prison, Prete will be subject to a one-year loss of license for having left the scene of the crash.

Prete was arrested and charged following an investigation by Patrolman William Merkler of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  The investigation determined that on August 8, 2019, at approximately 8:50 P.M., Prete was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he was involved in a crash with a motorcycle driven by Holsten.  Prete then fled the scene.  Holsten was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Aberdeen Man 58, Arrested In Jamesburg On Several Charges

June 16, 2020

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The Jamesburg Police Department investigating a child luring incident found the following:

**********ARREST NOTIFICATION**********

On June 15th, 2020 The Jamesburg Police Department received a call in reference to a possible child luring incident in the area of East Railroad Ave and Franklin Street. After speaking with the caller, Jamesburg officers located Spencer Pitt, 58, from Aberdeen New Jersey located in Green acres Park near the children’s playground area.

Pitt was highly intoxicated and combative toward officers. Pitt was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. During the course of the arrest, Pitt assaulted a police officer and physically resisted arrest. Pitt was also in possession of a knife.

During processing at police HQ, Pitt spit on a police officer and refused to be finger printed. Pitt also made threats to kill the officers involved in the arrest.

Pitt was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, littering, resisting arrest, assault on police, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, obstruction, terroristic threats, and refusing to be finger printed.

The public is reminded that all subjects arrested by the Jamesburg Police Department are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Chief James J. Craparotta

Jamesburg Standoff Ends Peacefully

June 11, 2020

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Police Department said authorities successfully resolved a potentially dangerous situation by taking into custody a juvenile barricaded in a home earlier today.

A 15-year old juvenile was taken into custody without incident. The juvenile is charged with making terroristic threats in the second degree and criminal trespass in the fourth degree.

 At approximately 11:18 am law enforcement officers from the Jamesburg Police Department responded to a home on Pergola Avenue  regarding the presence of an intruder. The intruder was ultimately identified as a juvenile who had made recent threats to commit crimes of violence and to kill. The juvenile who was not authorized to be in the home was  commanded by police to exit, but the juvenile failed to comply.

 Subsequently, the  Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Response Team (SORT) was dispatched to the residence after they were alerted of the previous threats made by the juvenile and his failure to comply with the direction of the law enforcement authorities on the scene. SORT utilized numerous means of de-escalation over the course of three hours which included the use of a crisis negotiator.

Through the use of the SORT negotiator the juvenile ultimately surrendered peacefully at approximately 4:49 pm. The juvenile was taken into and remains in the custody of juvenile authorities.

 No one was injured during the incident this afternoon.

The investigation is active and is being pursued by Detective Sergeant Jason Muller of the Jamesburg Police Department.

Acting Prosecutor Kuberiet thanks the professional response of the SORT and the Jamesburg Police Department.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the juvenile are merely accusations and the juvenile is presumed innocent until proven guilty.